The effects of depression and smoking upon the quality of life of municipal police officers
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Objectives: Quality of Life (QoL) is a broad concept incorporating the person's physical health, psychological health, social relationships and environment. In this study, we aimed to search the effects of depression and the smoking status upon the quality of life among municipal police officers. Patients and Methods: This cross-sectional study was carried out among 157 municipal police officers working at the Municipal Department of Konya. Socio-demographical information form, WHOQOL-BREF and Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) were applied. Qol was assessed using the WHOQOL-BREF questionnaire. Results: Of the participants, 99.4% (n=156) were men, 79.6% (n=125) had education at secondary and high school level and they were aged between 22-57 (mean=39.33±7.29). Of the total, 117 (74.5%) were indebted and 77 (49.1%) were current smokers. Quality of life scores in the domains of physical health (p<0.001), psychological health (p<0.001), social relationships (p<0.001) and general health (p<0.001) were significantly lower among the depressive person than non-depressive ones. Conclusion: Approximately, half of the municipal police had depressive symptoms and smokers. To prevent the negative manifestations of depression and smoking that might occur in the future, it is important to understand the origins of the stressors among the municipal police officers.